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Cities After Rain

Author: Thamanna Abdul Latheef   01 Aug 2018

Cities After Rain

A drizzle amidst summer is indeed revitalizing. But, water logging is one of the nightmares that the people across urban cities have to deal with afterwards. No doubt, cities like Mumbai and Delhi will come to a standstill if it rains continuously for a few hours. Still, the authorities point fingers at each other and play blame-game every single time to cover their faces.

Heavy rain lashed in other parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) centered on Delhi, such as Noida and Ghaziabad. In Uttar Pradesh, over 33 people were killed and about two dozen were injured as heavy rain wreaked havoc in different parts of the state. The water level of the Yamuna in Delhi breached the warning level of 204m after Haryana released more water. Roughly, 3,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas of Delhi to makeshift camps as the water level continued to rise.

Despite the fact that dozens of workers continued repair work in various places like Vasundhara neighbourhood, nearly 116 families of Vartalok and Pragya Kunj housing societies had to spend nights as the area was affected by a road cave-in in Ghaziabad. Meanwhile, a major portion of earth was eroded from beneath one of the 226 pillars of the 10.3-km long Hindon elevated road near GT Road.

The reports on roads flood and cave in, bridges and buildings collapse, and rampant accidents due to potholes from the various nooks and corners of these cities instill a sense of fear and threat to life. When it rains in urban areas, no matter who governs the municipality or the state, the residents of flood-affected areas are in peril. Contrary to what they should have done, the authorities seem to have turned a blind eye to the needy. However, it’s very displeasing to realize that the authorities, who’re responsible for managing all the catastrophes by cleaning drainages, fixing potholes on roads and other required things before the rain hits, have failed the civilians yet again. 

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